"Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled." I Peter 3:13-14
The reason this verse means so much to me is because for some reason we as Christians seem to think nothing bad is ever supposed to happen to us. We all should know that we are susceptible to something bad happening in our lifetime, but we sometimes forget and cry...foul! Remember, we live in a fallen world and bad things happen to ALL of us, just keep saying good morning every day, and you will see the truth in my previous statement.
So, what are we to do when something bad happens to us? Suddenly, we are faced with an opportunity to trust God, or ourselves. It has always been my experience that when I trust my feelings, I always make the wrong choice. As you look at I Peter 3:13-14, it says that it is highly unlikely that we would suffer for doing good, but if we do suffer for doing good, we can't be tempted to give in to our fears. I know that it is easier said than done, but there is only one of two ways we can go when faced with suffering; either we trust ourselves, or we trust God.
Have you ever wondered how some people are able to keep their joy in the midst of trouble? I see folks like that and I am drawn to them and the majority of the time, those people have a relationship with God. In verse 14, the word, "blessed" means happy; our joy is what sets us apart from the rest of the world and draws people.
That brings me to my next point, when you face your next crisis; I want you to ask yourself a couple of questions:
1. Are you going to give in to your fears?
2. Are you going to continue to trust God and be blessed?
I don't know about you, but there are a number of situations that are out of my control and if I were able to do something about it, I would mess it up anyway. I would prefer to place my worries in the hands of an all-powerful God and watch Him work. If I don't trust God, that means my relationship is not as close as I initially thought. We have to make the decision if we want to let go and let God. Develop your relationship with the Lord daily by praying and reading His Word. The closer you move to God, the further you move away from the fears of this world.
Posted on Mon, February 18, 2013
by Scott Stevenson